Cholera outbreak reported in 2 provinces in Iran

The Centre for Disease Management of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education has recorded 64 cases of cholera along with 1 death in Sistan and Baluchestan Province and in Kerman Province. All the cases are reported to be illegal migrants from bordering countries to the east. Until 15 cases were recorded last year (2012), there had been no reported cholera cases in Iran for the previous 45 years. Although the risk is probably low for travellers visiting these areas, in any area where cholera has been reported, the risk of exposure to this infection can be reduced by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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